WOW.. it’s been a pretty lame winter here in California. Not like last year! We finally got a little powder in the Sierra, so we took advantage of the winter wonderland! Let’s go for a walk in some white stuff!
Here is the link to the hike we took.
On August 7th of this year, three women decided to take a trip on their horses from Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite to Donner Summit. The trip was supposed to be 200 miles. However, after day 5, with equipment failures, terrain that is not horse friendly whatsoever, snow, and the extensive time it takes to pack and unpack each day at camp, they fell behind and knew they would be ending the ride for this season sooner than they planned.
Did this discourage them? Heck NO! They are going back next year armed with experience and lessons-learned to continue where they left off. I plan on hiking behind them filming each step of the way.
If you are debating weather to traverse this section of the pct on horseback, take a look at this film.
Three friends, four horses and a lot of guts! These women traversed 76 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite to Kennedy Meadows North. It was a HUGE snow year for the Sierra, and hikers had a difficult time in this very stretch. Some came close to death and one did lose her life. This same stretch on horses is almost impossible. As the PCT is said to be made for horses in mind, in reality it’s not as these women soon found out. The full documentary will be coming soon!
In this episode of Twylaworld, we head to the Peter Grubb hut to deliver some trail magic on mile 1160 of the Pacific Crest Trail. While there, we meet a character long distance hiker that is literally working his way up the trail. We also meet a real thru hiker a hiker who hasn’t skipped any sections (she braved all the high Sierra this year) and is trekking her way North to Canada. We also find a lost day hiker. What a day! Oh and THERE IS SNOW lots and lots of SNOW!
In this episode of Twylaworld, we head up to almost 7000 feet to some nice and refreshing alpine lakes for swimming and toe dipping. It’s 107 degrees in the Sacramento Valley, so it’s time to head up into the Sierra for some cooler temps. The snow is FINALLY starting to disappear!
A six mile round trip hike didn’t sound like a big deal when I looked at the map, but you are going to climb 1633 feed in the three miles in and there are lots of boulder steps to traverse. You will really work for this swim, but its TOTALLY worth it! There are three large lakes that are very close together with a fourth smaller lake that is tucked between the second and third large lake. The second lake is the largest and most popular for backpackers. The water is clear and oh so refreshing!
Take your lunch, swimmin’ britches, sunscreen, bug spray and water. There is a place to filter water along the way if you run out. The views are spectacular and the lakes are crystal clear!
I would consider this hike on the harder side.
I want to go back and camp next time!
Wow what a snow year for the Sierra! As it’s kinda putting a damper on my usual day hikes this summer with crazy water crossings and slushy snow fields, I’m relieved we have the water for our ranch! Take a trip with my husband and I as we fly over the Sierra near Donner Pass at 11 thousand feet in a Cessna 172 SP! We then head over to the coast (San Francisco Bay) where it’s completely fogged in!
The sites of the Sacramento Valley from Sierra to the Coastal Range is pretty awesome!